Alzheimer’s and Receiving Social Security Disability Benefits

Alzheimer’s disease (AD), which is also known simply as Alzheimer’s, is a neurodegenerative disease. Neurodegenerative disease is a condition in which cells of the brain and spinal cord are lost.

The most common form of Alzheimer’s is found in people above the age of 65. Over 24 million people worldwide suffer from dementia caused by Alzheimer’s. Over 4.5 million people have Alzheimer’s in America.

The first easy to observe symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease are usually short-term memory loss and visual-spatial confusion.  In the early stage of the disease, people have a tendency to become less spontaneous or energetic, though changes in their behavior may go unnoticed even by the person’s immediate family.

Other behavioral changes are outbursts of violence in people who have no previous history of such behavior. This stage of the disease has also been called mild cognitive impairment. This is when the patient does not meet the criteria for a diagnosis of dementia.

These beginning symptoms progress from seemingly simple and often fluctuating forgetfulness and difficulty navigating oneself in space, such as in a traffic lane while driving. They lead to a more pervasive loss of short-term memory and difficulty orienting through familiar areas like a person’s neighborhood.

As the disease progresses to the middle stage, people may still be able to perform activities independently (such as using the bathroom), but they may need help with more complicated activities (such as paying bills). As the disease advances, there is a loss of well-known skills as well as recognition of objects and people.

In the advanced stage of Alzheimer’s, deterioration of musculature and mobility,  becoming bedfast, inability to feed oneself and helplessness will be seen if death from some external cause such as pneumonia or heart attack does not prevent this. Language becomes severely disorganized, and then is gone. People will not be able to perform even simple tasks independently and will require constant supervision.

If this describes a parent or loved one, you may have applied for financial help on their behalf from the Social Security Administration for Social Security disability benefits or disability benefits because of the disability caused by Alzheimer’s. Was your parent or loved one denied by the Social Security Administration?

If so, you may be trying to figure out what to do next? What recourse do you have?

One thing that you can do is to appeal the denial by the Social Security Administration. If this is what you decide to do on behalf of your parent or loved one, consider this.

Your parent or loved one will need the advice and representation of a disability lawyer like the one you will find at disabilitycasereview.com in this procedure. The reason for this is because people who are represented by a disability attorney are approved more often than those people who are without a lawyer.

This is something of vital importance for your parent or loved one. Contact the disability attorney at disabilitycasereview.com, today

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